Agent Name

Sorbitan monostearate

CAS Number

1338-41-6

Formula

C24-H46-O6

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

1,4-Anhydro-D-glucitol, 6-octadecanoate; Anhydrosorbitol monostearate; D-Glucitol, 1,4-anhydro-, 6-octadecanoate; Anhydrosorbitol stearate; Arlacel 60; Armotan MS; Crill 3; Crill K 3; D-Glucitol, anhydro-, monooctadecanoate; Drewsorb 60; Durtan 60; Emsorb 2505; Estearato de sorbitano [INN-Spanish]; Glycomul S; Hodag SMS; Ionet S 60; Liposorb S; Liposorb S-20; MS 33; MS 33F; Montane 60; Newcol 60; Nikkol SS 30; Nissan Nonion SP 60; Nonion SP 60; Nonion SP 60R; Rikemal S 250; Sorbitan C; Sorbitan monooctadecanoate; Sorbitan monostearate; Sorbitan monostearate. (Compound usually contains also associated fatty acids.); Sorbitan stearate; Sorbitani stearas [INN-Latin]; Sorbon S 60; Sorgen 50; Span 55; Span 60; Stearate de sorbitan [INN-French]; Stearic acid, monoester with sorbitan; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Stearates

Description

White to tan solid; [Merck Index] White crystalline powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickener in foods, cosmetics, and medicinal products; as lubricant and softener in textiles; as surfactant for pharmaceuticals; [Merck Index] Used as an emulsifier and stabilizer for plastics and agricultural chemicals; [HSDB]

Comments

Irritating to skin; After absorption, the fatty acid is metabolized and the polyhydric alcohol sorbitan is excreted in the urine; [HSBD] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline] See "STEARATES."

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